'Zero Tolerance for Corruption’ Losing Vim
The political will to fight corruption is steadily declining as evidenced by the failure to establish an office of accountability within the Executive. ''What is more, the phrase ‘zero tolerance for corruption’ is gradually disappearing from public statements''.
According to the Executive Director of the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi, the Executive has failed to proactively bolster the confidence of anti-corruption agencies in their fight against corruption. ''Failure to promulgate a code of conduct to articulate transparent procedures for executive appointments to key public institutions, to reform existing and inadequate public assets declaration law, all represent a decline in the political will to fight corruption'', he noted.
Anti-corruption, Prof Gyimah-Boadi said was a key item in the electoral campaign platform of President Kufuor and he has on several occasions reiterated his commitment to take on the huge challenge of attacking corruption in his inaugural and maiden statements. ''However all that has largely represented intentions and talk. But talk may be cheap. What about actions? He asked.
The CDD Director was speaking on the topic ''Political Leadership, Corruption and Governance Failures in Africa'' at the opening of a seminar on corruption and good governance in Accra.
It is being organized by the Les Aspen Center, a non-governmental organization based in the US for participants from Ghana, Nigeria and Mali.